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Sun, Feb 26


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Health and DNA Testing for the Australian Shepherd

Learn how to navigate required, recommended, and optional health and DNA testing, from OFA to DNA tests and many more. Sure to be of interest to new breeders or as a refresher for established breeders, especially when it comes to popular and ever expanding DNA panels.

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Health and DNA Testing for the Australian Shepherd
Health and DNA Testing for the Australian Shepherd

Time & Location

Feb 26, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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About the event

Hosted by Valerie Yates - ASCA Provisional Breeder Judge, ASCA and USASA HOF

Kennel, CNASA HOF Kennel II, AKC Silver Breeder of Merit

Do you know what to test for in Aussies? Can you find your way around and

prioritize a DNA  Panel? Is more testing always better? An in-depth discussion of

why we test, and what we test for Australian Shepherds, as standardized by Parent

Clubs such as USASA and CNASA. We cover:

- Good and not as good uses of testing

- Phenotypic testing (e.g., hip and elbows scoring)

- Physical testing (e.g., cardiac, ophthalmic, etc.)

- Genetic testing (e.g., DNA panels)

- Optional but recommended testing for the breed

- What testing ideally can and should do, and what it can’t and shouldn’t do

- Pros and cons, grey areas, and avoiding "testing complacency"

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